THE father of a man who was flown back home after being seriously injured abroad has spoken of the excellent care he is receiving.
Johnny and Jane Dukes have been at their son Terry’s bedside at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, since his return at the weekend.
As reported in The News, Terry, 49, was found with a severe head injury on a pavement in Borneo in January and was transferred to a Brunei hospital for treatment.
The Sultan of Brunei then paid more than £100,000 for him to return to the UK by private air ambulance.
His father said he and his wife were prepared for their son’s recovery to be a slow process.
Mr Dukes, 85, said: ‘It was great to be by his side but we know his progress is going to be very, very slow.
‘He is in his own room which looks over the whole of Portsmouth – it’s a critical care ward.
‘It means there is someone watching him constantly and every time there is a little problem a beep goes off.
‘He is very well monitored.
‘His progress is going to be slow and gradual, it’s going to be a long job, but they hope to eventually move him to a ward.
‘He is also having physiotherapy.’
Mr Dukes said he and his wife Jane, 88, have been overwhelmed by the support they have received from around the world.
‘Terry’s brother Paul and the rest of the family are really pulling together,’ said Mr Dukes, a former Portsmouth Labour councillor.
‘Terry has got a lot of friends around the world and they have sent messages to him.
‘His girlfriend is not here at the moment but I think she needs a rest as she has looked after him week after week after week.’
Mr Dukes was a professional diver who worked overseas for two decades.
It is not known exactly how he was injured but doctors had to remove part of his skull to ease pressure on his brain.